Guest blog: Claire’s birthday weekend at The Manor

By Samara on May 7, 2018
To celebrate our 2 decades in action, we recently gave away a dream safari birthday weekend - 2 nights at Samara's Manor House for 4 people. Our winner Claire Coetzee shares her experience in this guest blog.
"We had an amazing time at Samara - everything was really special and well planned to create a very memorable stay for us. We were already thinking of when next we could return to Samara before we even left. Here are some photos and a short description of the absolute highlights."

- CLAIRE COETZEE, BIRTHDAY COMPETITION WINNER

The Manor is a very tranquil setting, designed to relax in. The staff are warm, friendly and their personal touch and attention to detail really shines through.

Matching hats at The Manor, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

Julius, the ranger who introduced us to the unbelievable wildlife and magic of the Camdeboo, is extremely knowledgeable and one can see that he truly loves what he does.

Julius looks out over the Plains of Camdeboo, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa
Sundowners on the Samara Mara, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

The food is exquisite, and every care was taken for our dietary requirements. We were always greeted with welcoming smiles and homemade ice tea or a drink after the game drives. Being served our meals on the verandah really let us soak in the beautiful landscape and enjoy the sounds of the bush while we enjoyed our food.

On the game drives it never felt like we were sticking to a schedule, rather we enjoyed exploring the environment and observing the animals at leisure together with our informative ranger.

Game drive at Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa
Male giraffe, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

Julius also knows animal behaviour very well and could judge the right moments to witness cheetahs looking for a bite to eat, spotting their breakfast and hunting it down.

Cheetah vs warthog, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

Watching the cheetahs strategise and hunt together like that was truly a once in a lifetime experience – unforgettable!

Cheetahs on a warthog kill, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

We can hardly wait until we return to Samara, and in the meantime we eagerly show our photos to curious friends and family.

Wolvekloof valley, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa
"Thank you for the treat of the year, Samara!"
Sundowners overlooking the Plains of Camdeboo, Samara Private Game Reserve, Great Karoo, South Africa

Claire and her family spent her safari birthday weekend at The Manor, Samara’s 4-bedroom villa which offers the ultimate in comfort and luxury in a contemporary Karoo style, designed by Cape Town-based decorators John Jacob Interiors. Ideal for celebrations, The Manor can be booked on an exclusive-use basis.


Samara Private Game Reserve is a luxury 5-star destination with a passionate conservation mission set within breathtaking wilderness. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or Instagram, or click here to start planning your stay with us today. A safari for the soul.

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